Vouchers in Wisconsin

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This is in response to: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Walker-s-voucher-plan-angers-public-school-backers-4287928.php

One of the biggest buzzwords to float around ever since public schools became Public Enemy #1 is ‘voucher.’ The voucher program is essentially an opportunity for disadvantaged students to go to private schools and then receive a better education than the one available to them in public schools. It sounds good on paper, but that’s until you stop and consider the program.

What happens is the government gives money to each parent, to then be used for tuition purposes for private schools, which are not under the same rules and requirements as public schools are. It’s essentially a way to both weaken public schools, because that money is going to the vouchers and not to the public schools, while also providing religious schools and institutions a backdoor to get to students who are otherwise off limits. It’s also a way for private and parochial schools to receive taxpayer money, a blatantly unconstitutional maneuver.

This is made all the worse after the issues that are already plaguing public schools in Wisconsin, with the enormous budget cuts enacted by Governor Walker and public sentiment still turned against teachers (made all the worse by the fact that schools are able to raise revenue by cutting benefits from teachers, who will look selfish and be vilified if they’re not willing to have those benefits cut). In the end, these changes are little more than Scott Walker’s continued agenda against public schools pushed ahead at the detriment to the students. After all, Governor Walker was all too happy to support public education when it came to eliminating comprehensive sex education and bringing in abstinence only education.  

What Wisconsin needs is a more robust public education system, one that still offers extracurricular activities (especially in areas where students are at the greatest risk of becoming statistics) as well as all the other benefits of a modern American education. This is especially true when the continued underperformance of Wisconsin’s job growth is taken in; how is the state supposed to rebound in terms of economic growth when its students are underserved by their schools?

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